Redwood Forests of Northern California

The redwoods are magnificent, but just as magnificent is the understory of the forest. I am happy to capture small pieces of this environment: the sword ferns, rhododendrons, moss covered trees, or parts of fallen giants.

May 27, 2022

I had an awesome several days. The photos that follow are from my first day, with fog blowing in and out. The sun never broke through so there were no sun beams …yet. Unlike the previous year’s visit, the rhododendrons were blooming.

Forest Blooms
Rhododendron Secrets
This is a location I returned to several times, with the rhododendrons blooming high on the hillside.
In the Shadow of Giants
Heart of the Forest
Roadside Rhodies
Celebrity Tree – This tree was catching the attention of many photographers.

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Queets Rainforest at Olympic National Park

In mid-May, I joined a photo workshop for five days in Olympic National Park. We camped at one of the less-visited rainforests in the park. The forest was often chaotic, with things growing in all directions. It was challenging finding and creating photo compositions, but I enjoyed the challenge and being in the forest. I was always seeking the light and letting it guide me.

One evening we went to an area beside the river. The river created an opening and allowed the late-day sunlight to filter into the forest. The first three photos are from that evening.

Fern Flourishing – A cluster of ferns and oxalis catch the last rays of sun at the feet of a giant cedar tree.
Trio (of trees)
Forest Den – Light shines into the forest from a nearby river.

One of the amazing features of the rainforest are nursery logs. A fallen tree becomes a nursery when seedlings sprout on of the decaying log. As the new tree grows, its roots reach through and around the log. Eventually the fallen tree totally decomposes leaving a network of exposed roots.

Nursery Log – Moss and young trees grow on the fallen cedar.
Clutching the Earth – This giant cedar wrapped its roots around a nursery log long ago.
Grasping the Earth
Giant Cedar Stump – Cedars are the giants of this forest. This old stump is a nursery for new growth.
New Bloom of Thimbleberry – on the forest floor
Maple in the Sun – Sunlight shines through the leaves of a vine maple.

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